This week, staff writer Brigid Lynett talks with Marcie Bunting about the upcoming Family Fun Day fundraiser, which will raise money for Billy’s New Hope Barn.
Professional background: School bus contractor/driver
Title: Co-founder of Billy’s New Hope Barn
Q: Tell us a little about Billy’s New Hope Barn.
A: Billy’s is a sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. We take in animals in need and give them a loving home. They live their lives out on our farm. We started the rescue in October of 2011.
Q: Where did the idea for a family fun day fundraiser come from? Have you done this type of fundrasier before?
A: This is our second Family Fun Day. We wanted to invite the public to our farm so families could experience farm life for an afternoon.
Q: What kinds of activities can guests enjoy?
A: We offer low-cost children’s games. We have nice baskets to raffle off and are offering other activities, such as watching one of our pigs paint pictures. These pictures can be custom painted for you. There will also be horseshoe crafts, face painting, refreshments available and barn tours. Great music will be provided by Lori Gabrielle. She is a great DJ who is donating her services.
Q: How will the proceeds be used?
A: All proceeds are used for the care of our rescued animals.
Q: What is unique about this fundraiser?
A: Our fundraiser is unique because you will see where the money is being used. You will see the animals that have been saved from abuse and neglect and are given a forever home. You will be visiting their home.
If you go
What: Family Fun Day
When: Sunday, July 14, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 349 Schoolhouse Road, Honesdale
Details: Admission is free, but activities cost extra. Visit billysnewhopebarn.com for more information.
Patrice Wilding is a 13-year employee of the Lifestyles Dept. at The Times-Tribune, where she worked her way up from a clerk to a web video producer to a full-time reporter, writer and copy editor. An Olyphant native, she graduated from Mid Valley Secondary Center and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with concentration in media arts, political science and communications from Wesley College, Dover, Delaware. She lives in Clarks Summit with her husband, Justin, and their son, Johnny. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5369; @pwildingTT